(c) Again, GES does not know shame when they seem to tell teachers that every part of the country is wired with free internet or has internet access.
So we ask GES “how will teachers get money to buy data to stay online for 2 hours to be trained for three days”. Staying online for 2 hours will attract data of not less than 4gig that will cost some GH₵50 (times 3 = ₵150) an additional cost to the poor teacher.
More boggling is the ability of rural teachers to access fast and reliable internet to join the workshop online. More than 120,000 teachers will be denied this training because of the remoteness of their location.
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This is very incompetent and visionless of agency players who think that education is a playground for political gain.
(d) GES claim that participation in the online workshop will attract CPD points. GNAT has recently accused NTC of using the CPD training as a conduit of siphoning money from teachers and that NTC had crossed their mandate.
They even wrote to GES and warned them about NTC. GES could not oppose the stance of GNAT but rather remained silent on the issue.
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NTC CPD cost GH₵75 per workshop and it is under each teacher’s convenience (teachers attend to their benefits).
Per the invitation letter, every teacher is going to pay GH₵300 (GH₵100 each day) for an online workshop or training and scores CPD points. So between GES, GNAT and NTC, who is not being fair to teachers?
Even the NTC CPD, teachers are served food and water out of their own money. What it means is that teachers are attending online workshops without food and water at a cost of GH₵100 each day and incur the additional cost of ¢150 for buying data (12gig) to stay online for 6 hours (2hours each day for three days) to be trained*. This is pure evil and must not be encouraged among intellectuals.
We are releasing this statement to the press for them to know that GES is playing with the destiny of teachers in this country.
We ask every teacher to boycott this online workshop and insist on the original plan in the proposal agreed upon by GES and the Teacher Unions. We insist teachers must attend this training in person not virtual.
It will be the highest form of robbery to use ₵105 million of teachers CPD allowance and pension money to organize online technical ICT training for teachers at a cost of ₵300 for three days whilst the original plan state that it should do per person (teacher) for a month.
Section 2.5 of the proposal captioned *Financial Requirement* says the following:
_Financially, it is estimated to cost One thousand five hundred Ghana cedis (GH₵1,500.00) for a laptop and technical training in the application of ICT devices in teaching.
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Specifically, it is estimated to cost One thousand two hundred Ghana cedis (GH₵1,200.00) for a laptop computer. It is also estimated to cost three hundred Ghana cedis (GH₵300.00) for technical training in the application of ICT devices in teaching per person for one month”_.
We will petition the President of Ghana and other international organizations on this matter and ensure that labour disrespect of teachers discontinues in this country.
Albert Dadson Amoah